What does it mean when reflection pulls you between states of deep thought, mindfulness and non-meditative states?
Meditations where You’re testing awareness.
Entangled meditations are testing grounds of awareness that make different levels of being awake apparent and your skill as a meditator, obvious. Can you discern yourself drifting to a new place of understanding? Or, are you moving away from it?
Reflection is a tool to open your mind to visualizing a thing, a place or situation to shift your state. It can bring you back into deep thought and help you clear out distraction. You can use it to centre yourself even when you are not in meditation.
Reflection as a meditative practise.
Without silence, it is possible to reflect and contemplate on a question or a thing, an emotional state or even a memory as a way to become more mindful. Yet, reflection can be used as a meditative practise. In a state of mindfulness, reflection can be used to inspire and create more mental clarity. And, in itself, makes an excellent problem-solving tool that can open you up to unlimited possibility thinking to meet your question.
Reflection enables a new level of Mastery.
Perceiving yourself moving in and out of a deep meditative “phase”, entangled meditations, in my opinion, actually enable mastery. By letting your mind let go of distraction and returning to that place where you left off. Or, by reflecting on destructive patterns and allowing the mind to focus on a better version of the self instead can open a gateway to healing. Reflection can empower you and help you to manage destructive habits.
The Do’s of entangled meditations.
- use reflective meditations for problem-solving.
- create mental clarity using reflection.
- identify destructive habits with level of distracted thinking and types of thoughts [ mental health].
- pinpoint limitations by the types of beliefs that enter into your reflective state.
- create a skill of mindfulness in non-meditative states [promotes well-being].
- use reflection to install a high performance habit.
The Don’ts of entangled meditations.
Meditation in it’s best form is a reflection of how you feel inside. And, not always will reflection be positive. When you feel yourself being hijacked by your mind’s judgements, distractions and posing questions that make you feel upset, let the reflective state push aside the negative thoughts as a “distraction”. Re-focus on your peaceful state, your breath and empty your head, if you can, and begin again with a clear slate. Focus on positive outcomes and a better version of you to escape continuous looped thinking.
In it’s negative state, reflection can
- amplify mind chatter.
- Block a peaceful state by creating more distraction and resistance to relaxing.
- Disempower you inadvertently by focusing on faults, mistakes, judgements, beliefs and perceived limitations.
Entangled meditations are part of the learning curve for finding the sweet spot of mindfulness. They create well-being, mental clarity and are beneficial to your mental health. They also set the stage for installing high performance habits. Despite it’s dark side, reflection combined with meditation can show you glimpses of your own greatness. It can show you things that might be hidden potential and create a new vision of possibility.
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